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Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 15,687. Its county seat is Bakersville[1]. Mitchell County was one of the three dry counties in North Carolina, along with Graham and Yancey, but in March, 2009, after much controversy, the Town of Spruce Pine approved beer, wine, and ABC store sales.

The county was formed in 1861 from parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County. It was named for Elisha Mitchell, professor of mathematics, chemistry, geology, and mineralogy at the University of North Carolina from 1818 until his death in 1857. Dr. Mitchell was the first scientist to argue that a nearby peak in the Black Mountains was the highest point east of the Mississippi River. He measured the mountain’s height and climbed and explored it. In 1857 he fell to his death on a waterfall on the side of the mountain. The mountain was subsequently named Mount Mitchell in his honor.

Source: Wikipedia.

Mitchell County Genealogy Resources

Mitchell County NCGenweb Site

Mitchell County NCGenWeb Archives

Mitchell County Historical Society
P.O. Box 651
Bakersville, NC 28705

Toe Valley Genealogical Society
491 Beaver Creek Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(covers Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties)


Mitchell County Government

Official Mitchell County site
Mitchell County Government Site


1870 Agricultural Census Transcription

1880 Agricultural Census Transcription

1890 Special Census Transcription

1900 Federal Census Transcription – Red Hill Township

Mitchell County Cemeteries

USGS Listing of Cemeteries in Mitchell County, NC

Cemetery Transcriptions

Mitchell County Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Mitchell County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Mitchell County from the Forum:

North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Mitchell County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

fsadkins on “Wilson Adkins and Elizabeth Stacia Hill”

My great great grandfather, Wilson Adkins, was born in Burke Co, now Mitchell Co, NC 1816 or 1817. He married Elizabeth Stacia (Stacie) Hill in Ramseytown, NC in 1835. I’m trying to locate information about her – parents, birth, and their marriage record. Any assistance or suggestions would be appreciated.

rodney bowers on “william hannah/hanna”

pegharris on “William Hugh Harris birthplace”

In all my searching I have been told William Hugh Harris was born in North Carolina in 1851 but cannot verify this.
His wife Deborah Edwards was also said to be born in North Carolina in 1852.
Any help in finding these people in Mitchell County records would be very appreciated.
If someone can tell me a reference point I need to look in would be great.

abrams437 on “McKinney Family”

I am looking for McKinney family genealogy, specifically for information on James McKinney (b. 1853) who settled in Cane River, Yancey County. He married Sarah Jane Gibbs (possibly Cherokee) and died in Yancey County in 1912. His daughter, Maude, (1889) married my great grandfather, George Yancey Hall who was from Spruce Pine. I am also trying to find out if the McKinneys were somehow related to Scotty Wiseman as Scotty and Lula Belle would come to my great grandfather’s place and pick and sing all day long when in from Chicago and after they retired (George Yancey was a banjo picker of some local fame). I do not think Wiseman was related to the Hall side but he could have known my ggfather from their Spruce Pine days.

Mitchell County, NC at Genforum

Cities and Towns in Mitchell County:

* Bakersville
* Spruce Pine

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